04AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 2AVEVA acquires bocadGreater structural detailing capability gives further depth to AVEVA's 3D plant and marine solutionsIn the previous edition of AVEVA World Magazine we introduced you to AVEVA's acquisition of Z+F UK and now, in this issue, AVEVA is proud to provide an overview of another acquisition. On 22 May, 2012, AVEVA completed the acquisition of the bocad group of companies, bringing a world-class structural detailing solution to AVEVA.bocad is a software company which develops and markets the world's best and most capable structural detailing solution. The company's origin is similar to AVEVA's, with its strong historical links with academia. In the late 1970s, four PhD students and post-doctorates from the University of Bochum were researching structural steel design software. This research led them, in 1980, to create and launch the first release of bocad 3D. The product was an immediate success and the sales grew fast, and so bocad Software was born. Since then, the solution has gone from strength to strength, growing in capability through the addition of glazing, timber, concrete and steel cutting modules. Moreover, the software has seen significant adoption across many industries, having been used in power, oil & gas, offshore and AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) projects.'Tighter integration between piping design and structural steel detailing will allow engineers and fabricators to work in a dynamic environment for clash detection and management of change. This will provide a major improvement in quality and efficiency...'Les ElbyVP Business Strategy, AVEVAThe museum, Le Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, was designed and is being constructed using structural design software from bocad. Courtesy of SMB Constructions Métalliques.
www.aveva.com/45yearsAVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 205We feel that this acquisition makes perfect sense and is in keeping with AVEVA's growth strategy of acquiring the best technology to enhance our overall portfolio and provide our customers with greater flexibility for their businesses. AVEVA PDMS is the leading 3D design application, and the addition of bocad to the AVEVA 3D stable is the perfect complement, giving customers access to a formidable software line-up. 'We've been listening to customer requests for greater structural detailing capability. The acquisition of bocad is a direct response to these needs, giving even greater depth to our 3D plant and marine design solutions. Tighter integration between piping design and structural steel detailing will allow engineers and fabricators to work in a dynamic environment for clash detection and management of change. This will provide a major improvement in quality and efficiency,' says Dave Wheeldon, AVEVA's CTO.The acquisition completed in May, and AVEVA's next move was to establish a Centre of Excellence (COE) for Structural Design across bocad's two largest offices in Bochum, Germany and Ocquier, Belgium. The COE will be run by the existing bocad management team and will be responsible for growing the success of the bocad suite. 'We've only just joined the AVEVA team, but these are exciting times and we are busy planning the next evolution of our software, which we look forward to sharing with our customers soon,' Gerald Bodson, Head of Product told AVEVA World Magazine.The integration of the bocad team and technology is still in its early days. There will be more information in upcoming issues of the magazine and at the AVEVA World Summit later in the year.bocad's founders show how hardware storage technology has developed during the lifetime of the company. From left to right, Matthias Schlensker, Peter Haake, Michael Falck, and Ulrich Kammertöns.The topsides of a major wellhead platform for an oil & gas project in the North Sea were designed and constructed using structural design software from bocad. Courtesy of Dragados Offshore - driving technology forward.